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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum - Founder's Collection

Avenida de Berna 45a, Lisbon 1050-039, Portugal
+351 21 782 3000
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With works ranging from Antiquity to the early 20th century, the Founder’s Collection comprises more than six thousand pieces gathered throughout Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian’s life, including Egyptian Art, Greco-Roman Art, Islamic Arts, Painting, Sculpture and European Decorative Arts. Works by great masters such as Rubens, Rembrandt, Turner, Degas and René Lalique’s largest set of jewels are just a few examples of what can be found in one of the best private collections in the world. Besides the Founder’s Collection, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is also comprised by the Modern Collection, which features the largest and most complete collection of modern and contemporary Portuguese Art. The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is surrounded by one of the most emblematic modern gardens in Portugal, open all year. The Museum offers a wide range of facilities to improve the visitor’s experience: three cafeterias overlooking the Garden, a museum shop, free cloackroom service and free Wi-Fi.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Avenida de Berna 45a, Lisbon 1050-039, Portugal
+351 21 782 3000
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Reviewed yesterday

Fine art in a microcosm - a stunning array of paintings, sculptures, jewellery, porcelain and furniture by a stellar cast of famous artists. The exquisite Lalique jewellery was a particular highlight, but the Bosch triptych ran it a close second for us. Beautiful gardens, tasty...More

Thank Catananche
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you're interested in modern art, this is worth the trip. The collection is divided between two buildings. The modern stuff is in the smaller building, which you can tour in about an hour. The main building holds a larger and more varied collection, including...More

Thank sks028
Reviewed 4 days ago

Recommended by our hotel. This was a disappointment. Found it costly to visit all the exhibits. We chose the Modern and Founders Collections. The modern exhibits were confusing. Unsure how each piece found a home here. On the otherhand the Founders collection was worth the...More

Thank Lisa A
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Founders Collection in Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is a must for everyone interested in art. At the time of my visit there was also one temporary exhibition "Beyond the mirror" that is questioning the image of one self. The modern collection was nothing impressive for...More

Thank Magdalena I
Reviewed 5 days ago

An incredibly interesting collection. Not the usual, but individually important pieces. Amazing collection of Lalique as well as Persian carpets

Thank jrzygrl1954
Reviewed 1 week ago

An amazing place to visit with too much to see in a one day visit. Hard on the feet but very worthwhile.

Thank CommodoreChris
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum results from a private collection and therefore covers a quite wide range of arts an artefacts. Especially the Lallique collection is special

Thank PotvisNL
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very old part of town, great steep hills for avid walkers. Great shops and bars. The streets do have garbage

Thank j0se12345678
Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum has a fascinating collection spanning a variety of periods and types of art. We happened to get there on a Sunday after 2 PM, and it was free admission! The museum cafe served very good food and was a nice place to sit...More

Thank Amy B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great little museum where one can find everything from mummies to Renoir. Founder's collection is full of important pieces from every epoch. Museum's gardens are free to entry and have three nice cafes.

Thank Rostislav P
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Gurpreet G
26 April 2017|
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Response from Luis P | Reviewed this property |
No, you cloud find a permanent exhibition of the works of the painter Paula Rego in the House of Stories in Cascais, which was built for this purpose.
19 April 2017|
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Response from Torben S | Reviewed this property |
Hi I Think its 10 euro for The permanent exibition and 14 incl The exibition at dispay. And mayby its still free at sundays after 2 pm
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22 November 2016|
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